Manufactured by Welsh company Energist, NeoGen Plasma has a crucial point of difference compared to the type of plasma devices we’re already familiar with – it uses nitrogen. The key point here is that nitrogen doesn’t need oxygen to create plasma, and oxygen, as a key component in fire, is what causes the skin to char in traditional plasma treatments, causing those microscopic burns. Instead, with NeoGen, atmospheric oxygen is ’pushed’ out of the way as the nitrogen plume comes out of the device’s tip, so that by the time the energy hits the skin there is no oxygen present. This means that the outer layer of skin remains intact, with no charring, ablation, puncturing or vaporizing of the skin.
Making plasma safe again
‘Plasma as a whole gets a bad name because it’s associated with plasma pens and plasma shower – potentially very dangerous devices,’ says Dr Raj Thethi. ‘I’ve had patients come into clinic six months or a year later after being treated with those devices, and the scars still haven’t gone – this is psychologically and physically traumatizing.’ Dr Thethi, a TTG-registered practitioner and the first doctor in the UK to use NeoGen in clinic, says that keeping the skin intact is crucial for healing to commence.
Instead, he explains, ‘NeoGen’s plasma thermal energy permeates the skin’s surface, conducting high temperatures via water contained within the patient’s tissue, penetrating to the reticular dermis [the thick bottom layer of the skin]. The heat generated can be very tightly controlled, which translates into predictable, reliable outcomes. I don’t want anything unpredictable in my clinic – I want to make sure that I am tightening, resurfacing and regenerating the skin in a safe framework where it won’t cause my patients any harm.’
Plasma as a whole gets a bad name because it’s associated with plasma pens and plasma shower – potentially very dangerous devices.
Because the energy targets water in the skin tissue, patients need to be well hydrated in the days before treatment, and Dr Thethi applies a hydrating mask to the skin prior to using the device. The NeoGen device allows the practitioner to select the required depth of energy depending on each patient and what they’re trying to achieve, which again means that downtime can be easily predicted depending on the intensity of the treatment – from superficial tightening all the way through to deep skin regeneration comparable to ablative CO2 treatments.
‘The layer of non-viable tissue will then flake off over four to seven days, and the underlying skin gets a massive reboot and comes through as if it were young skin again – tmhose ongoing architectural changes will continue to occur for three to six months after treatment,’ explains Dr Thethi. He describes the result as having ‘taken away the frosted glass – the skin looks fresher, younger, smoother and firmer.’
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